Things to Do

Things to Do in DC This Week (October 31-November 2): Costume Contests, Scary Movies, and Hannibal Buress

Hannibal Buress’ comedy tour makes a stop at the Howard Theatre November 1.


COSTUME CONTEST What’s the point in owning a pet if you don’t dress it up in ridiculous ensembles for your amusement? Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets’ annual pet costume contest is the perfect opportunity for dog owners to show off their pups and their creativity, with prizes awarded for best costume, fashion pioneer, pet-owner look alike and more. It’s also the ideal event for those of us who just want to look at cute animals in costumes. As for humans who want to show off their Halloween wears, head over to El Rey for a Dia de los Muertos-themed costume party.  Free, 6 PM / Free, 5 PM

FILM Local theatres are giving you plenty of opportunities to watch spine-tingling classics this Halloween. The Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece Psycho is the Angelika pop-up’s end-of “Hitchcocktober” offering; Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse’s Halloween Movie Festival has includes The Goonies, Ghostbusters and The Exorcist; and keeping it on the lighter side, AFI Silver Theatre presents Simon Pegg’s hilarious take on zombie movies, Shaun of the Dead. Various times, prices

MUSIC Get your groove on at the Logan Fringe Arts Space’s Goblins on the Loose event, with music from the jazz/rock/soul/funk-infused Joe Keyes and The Late Bloomer Band, as well the “Earth, Wind and Fire of Goth,” the New York-based blkVampires. Costumes, of course, encouraged. Free, 9 PM


COMEDY Hannibal Buress brings his hilarious brand of comedy to the Howard Theatre. You may know him as Lincoln, the loveable, earnest dentist and sometimes-love interest for Ilana on Broad City, or as the person who brought roughly 30 years of rape accusations against Bill Cosby to public consciousness in one of his standup sets; we have a hunch that he’s going to have a fair bit to say on that subject. $27.50, 8 PM

FILM The Paul Thomas Anderson-directed music documentary Junun comes to the Edlavitch DCJCC courtesy of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. The film follows Jonny Greenwood–usually found playing guitar and keyboard with fellow alt-rock pioneers in Radiohead–collaborating with a group of musicians in a 15th-century fort in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Afterwards, stick around for the musical stylings of “Pakistani-Jewish wonder-group” Sandaraa. $18, 7:30 PM


BOOKS When Margaux Bergen’s daughter, Charlotte, turned nine, the author felt inspired to write down the lessons she learned after experiencing life’s peaks and valleys. Bergen finally gave Charlotte the book of advice as she prepared for her first day of college, and it’s since been published by Penguin Press as Navigating Life: Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me. She’ll be speaking about her touching side-hustle–in “real life,” she works as the Chief Development and Communications Officer at a non-profit–at Kramerbooks.  6:30 PM

COMEDY Saturday Night Live all-star, Portlandia co-creator and sometimes musician Fred Armisen comes to the 9:30 Club with up-and-coming comedian Ana Fabrega, whom he’s collaborated with on some pretty interesting YouTube videos. In previous ventures to DC, Armisen has played music in addition to comedy, so what tonight holds is anyone’s guess. $30, 10 PM